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Jesus statue unscathed by Typhoon Haiyan
A giant statue of Jesus Christ on Calvary Hill in the coastal town of Tanauan in the Philippines.
November 13th, 2013
09:31 AM ET

Jesus statue unscathed by Typhoon Haiyan

(CNN) - A  giant statue of Jesus apparently survived Typhoon Haiyan unscathed, even as the massive storm flattened many parts of Tanauan, a coastal town in the central Philippines.

It's not the first time religious statues have survived natural disasters in the heavily Catholic Philippines, according to local reports. Two statues of the Virgin Mary withstood a devastating earthquake last month.

Meanwhile, Haiyan has wiped entire towns off the map, and thousands are searching for family members, food and water.

MORE ON CNN: Philippines aid pours in but survivors still going hungry

So, what do you think, readers: Is the unscathed Jesus statue a miraculous sign of hope amid the ruins or just a random coincidence?

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith • Jesus • natural disasters • Philippines

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  1. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Another misunderstood aspect of the events at the Garden of Gethsemane is the young man who followed Jesus to His execution. His name as it turns out in early Gospel of Phillip writings was “Dan”. He was the plumber for Jesus and his entourage, espoused of great love for his malodorous job. Dan was one of God’s favorites.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  2. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Many of my students have asked why Mark was so concerned about people having sexual intercourse. In the Gnostic Gospels we read that, "...once, having drawn aside his tunic, Mark revealed that which was his burden...." Scholars agree that the first recorded evidence for "penis envy" was recorded by Gnostic mystics in discarded canons.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • .

      Those who can do, do.

      Those who cannot do, teach.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Akira

      Didn't I once read a treatise on the fullness of a tunic?

      Not sure if I remembered that correctly.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • Dr. Donnell Johnson

        You recall correctly Akira. You were always my best student.

        November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  3. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Ask yourself why all the fun authors of the extra canons were rejected while only the non-heretical writings were retained. The answer may surprise you.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Dr. Donnell Johnson

      Perhaps this will help you; the mystery writings were not without ambition. All news rooms have competetion and these authors were no different. When ambition met with resistance in the first through the third centuries, the scrolls were hidden. The prequel to the Lord of the Rings was written 2000 years ago!

      November 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
      • Lee

        Gee golly, here I thought you making tenuous connections between the date the gospels were written, the actual accuracy of these largely nonsensical writings from the gospels, and the LOTR tribology?

        Gotcha!

        November 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • Dr. Donnell Johnson

          You should attend one of my classes on King Solomon and the "One Ring".

          November 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
        • Dr. Penelope Pumpkins

          Dr. Donnell Johnson, wow, classmate! Long time no see since those happy days at Bible Humper College. And they gave us doctorates for THAT! Funny hey!

          November 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
        • Dr. Donnell Johnson

          I apologize for forgetting your name.

          November 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • WhenCowsAttack

      I enjoy reading the Gnostics. Keep 'em coming.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  4. Lionly Lamb

    Hey Florida voters...

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzewLB6rO3s&w=640&h=360]

    November 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  5. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Many Gnostics believe quite literally that Lileth was the true first woman and that she walks among us even now. With each ill-timed ejaculation, each still birth, each broken marriage she herself caused. The witch lives on as do the treacherous ways of women everywhere. So it is written in the rejected version of Genesis, but women could not contain their fever and turned their backs on Mark and celibacy.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Dr. Donnell Johnson

      It is in these Gnostic traditions that we find the use of patchouli mentioned for the first time in scripture. It is written in Genesis (and later removed) that the hippy women of the hills of Galilee are without bras and entice even the lovely young women on the shore who are seen removing their sandals. The men are enraged but do not interfere in this sacred dance.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Lee

      Blah blah I have crazy hang ups with woman that manifest into my religious beliefs, blah blah blah.

      For your other post:
      "Dr. Donnell Johnson: Lee you are childish and I do not wish to converse with you. I am a scholar and expert on the Gnostic traditions and enjoy intelligent cross talk. I have no personal religion to debate with you."

      You are over-educated and ostentatious. I have taken many theology courses and your views are extreme and appear based upon whatever men has written down in the past, before the advent of internet, soap, common sense, etc...to put it simply you are essentially basing your entire religious viewpoint on the intellectual thoughts/pictures of cavemen granted the magic of literacy.
      And if there's any messiah wanting to offer salvation it won't be to the doctor making 6+ figures who looks down on people he considers inferior. You're mean-spirited and one of the reasons evil still exists in the world....

      November 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
      • Dr. Donnell Johnson

        Lee, you seemed to have misread my post explaining that I don't wish to converse with you.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • Lee

          No, I understood you.

          You just have no sense of humor and I find it humorous.

          Seriously, were you born with 666 on the back of your forehead? You just seem so evil and so unaware of how pompous you are lol

          November 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Judas, as referenced a below post was himself betrayed by Jesus, who forced martyrdom upon him so he could pretend to perish in a grisly affair. Peter too suffered such a fate from Jesus, who took delight is seeing the disciples vie for His attention, even after death. Yes, Judas was indeed a hero in the Gospels, as was the martyr Peter hung such as he was, inverted on the cross.

    November 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • Lee

      Makes perfect sense!

      I'll let the tooth fairy know right away....Santa and the Easter Bunny were debating the finer points of this but it sounds like an elaborate plot to besmirch poor Judas' good name.

      That ol' rascal Jesus! 😉

      November 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • WhenCowsAttack

        I, for one (being an atheist) find the gnostic stories fascinating for some reason. I am enjoying his little blurbs.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Dr. Donnell Johnson

      Scholars agree that the inverted cross was nothing more than a childish practical joke played by the Roman guards to get the attention of two rather comely lasses taking in the festivities. Such was the life and death of a servant of the Lord.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  7. Ron50

    Maybe they should have built the rest of that town up on that little hill, above the flood waters... wonder if the statue would have done better down there with the rest of the buildings.

    November 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  8. Snow

    erm.. should I interpret it as god cares more about his own statue than the people?

    November 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  9. HC

    "So, what do you think, readers: Is the unscathed Jesus statue a miraculous sign of hope amid the ruins or just a random coincidence?"

    If people can find hope when looking at this statue then it is an encouraging sign from above.

    What do you think?

    November 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      I think that if there is a Christian deity, he's one evil mofo.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
      • DJ

        Heaven on earth is a choice we must make not a place we must find. welcomeheaven.com

        November 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

          I'm not a hippy.

          November 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • Average Joe

      The sin of mankind is responsible for the bad things that happen.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
      • Lee

        I think you mean sin exists because a talking snake tricked one of Adam's ribs into eating a magical apple from a magical tree.

        Duh.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
      • Average Joe

        You think weather is due to sin? Nut.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
      • Ron50

        What about the bad things that happened in the millions of years before man? Floods, earthquakes, etc. have been going on long before man appeared on the scene.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Jokeingjoe

      Instead of just standing there unscathed why didn't he help those poor people?

      November 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • HC

      What do you think?

      –That was a question to the editors.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
      • Lee

        Obviously.

        But you only originally posted 3 sentences, two of which were questions and the simple-minded goobers on this board will respond to anything when prompted.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
        • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

          Doy.

          November 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
      • Fan2C

        HC
        "–That was a question to the editors."

        The editors (and article authors) very, very rarely comment here. You are stuck with us commoners.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Todd

      "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him...." Job 13:15
      http://tipofthetonguetheology.blogspot.com/

      November 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  10. EX Catholic

    Totally ridiculous!! Hundreds of other and more useful man made structures were undamaged and unscathed. Many of them can be seen in the background of the photo.

    An Idol is an idol no matter what. And Idolatry is a grave and serious SIN The Wrath of God is against those who promote this form of idolatry.

    November 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      No it isn't.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Lee

      Wrath? idolatry only applies to specific things that aren't god.

      Jesus is allegedly the human version (or whatever) of God, so no issue here.
      Statues of Mary or the other saints (or a golden calf, whatever) are considered idolatry.

      Either way, the weather does not occur because of a magical being from above, nor does it occur because of the presence of a man-made statue.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Average Joe

      The wrath of the storm may have stopped at the statue. We only see the statue and what is behind it.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
      • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

        It didn't. It continued on past Tanauan in Leyte.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jokeingjoe

      that is not an Idol and the people there worship the real Christ not that statue. It is not an Idol and your being an x catholic, you should know that. There are many statues around the country of former presidents and they are not idols, nor are pictures idols.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
  11. Apple Bush

    He is paid 30 pieces of silver for his betrayal
    The secrets
    The inner man
    The inner person
    Kicked out of the circle
    Out of the body
    The spirit only
    Who could stand before Jesus?

    November 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Lee

      At least the comment section isn't being bombarded by nonsensical quotes and self-important rhetoric from both simple-minded Christians and atheists....

      November 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        ....until you arrived....

        November 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Judas is one of the true heros of the Bible.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • HC

        How is he a hero? He was the epitome of betrayal. Are you a Judas?

        November 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
        • G to the T

          Ask yourself this – what would have happened if Judas hadn't? Quite possibly no crucifixion, no saviour, no christianity.

          If the story is to be believed, I would says it's even more likely that god "hardened his heart" to make him betray jesus. That's why he was so regretful afterwards that he committed suicide.

          November 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
        • Average Joe

          Sin required a Judas what is your excuse?

          November 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
        • HC

          He is not a hero, read Matthew 26:24.

          It's never too late for you to accept the gift of salvation-John 3:16

          November 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Dr. Donnell Johnson

      The Judas Gospel tells us of two men with a close friendship. That Judas was in fact, the number one apostle and the most enlightened. He was given the job of betrayal by Jesus, who was not a man but a spirit. This thing Judas did was a direct order from the King of kings.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
      • Lee

        Makes perfect sense!

        I'll let the tooth fairy know right away..Santa and the Easter Bunny were debating this, but if the "king of kings" gave a direct order...you don't wanna be on his bad side!

        November 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
        • Dr. Donnell Johnson

          Lee you are childish and I do not wish to converse with you. I am a scholar and expert on the Gnostic traditions and enjoy intelligent cross talk. I have no personal religion to debate with you.

          November 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  12. Dyslexic doG

    John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be

    glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

    guess all those people who died weren't praying right.

    what abject foolishness your religion is!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      What then about 'the wages of sin' being death.? Has not everyone sinned thereby is not death just an unfaltering inevitability..? Blame then no one for your owned weaknesses yet live not on nor upon another's oral worded guises oozing out slandering issues of resentments against those less astute...

      November 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
      • Lee

        Shouldn't you be toking up and rattling about how natural the "green plant" is on earth is and posting annoying cherry-picked youtube videos that support pro-legalization of pot?

        Nice to know you recovered your thesaurus and can dazzle all with 10 cent words and hippie opinions.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sire Lee... Just upon your mentioning it...

          [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ukz7YfStkI&w=640&h=360]

          November 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  13. Dyslexic doG

    Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

    guess all the people who died in the typhoon weren't asking.

    what a crock your religion is!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Phil

    Psalm 115:4-8- "4 Their idols are silver and gold,
    The work of human hands.+
    5 A mouth they have, but they cannot speak;+
    Eyes, but they cannot see;
    6 Ears they have, but they cannot hear;
    A nose, but they cannot smell;
    7 Hands they have, but they cannot feel;
    Feet, but they cannot walk;+
    They make no sound with their throat.+
    8 The people who make them will become just like them,+

    November 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Ctrl + C - Ctrl + V

      Great job!

      November 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Phil

      8 The people who make them will become just like them,+
      As will all those who trust in them.+

      November 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
      • Ctrl + C - Ctrl + V

        Ooh...that is a DQ. Sorry.

        November 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  15. This is why religion is horribly insulting

    The only miracle is if this statue was edible.

    Calling the survival of a statue a miracle when 10,000 perished is a slap in the face of humanity, and CNN should be ashamed they gave an avenue to people to share this as if it were.

    November 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm |

    • There needs to be a congressional investigation. We were promised over 10,000 deaths and the numbers just aren't adding up.

      November 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Let it B

      If it makes you feel better an earlier comment said this article was put in place specifically to provoke discussion. I don't think CNN said that they personally feel there was any meaning to it at all.

      November 14, 2013 at 6:04 am |
  16. SLB

    Can the statue prevent its catholic followers to continue to steal things from the malls and from running over people when food and water is distributed??

    November 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Topher

      No. It's just a statue.

      November 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Jokeingjoe

      would you like to re-word this a little?

      November 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  17. Dyslexic doG

    Psalm 34:17-20
    When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

    what a crock!

    November 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  18. Dyslexic doG

    Matthew 8:23-27

    And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

    November 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Apple Bush

    Why have Christians never agreed on one tradition? Much of it has to do with sex and the extra canonical texts left out of the Bible. Christianity today has changed little since ancient times relative to their diversity and desire for converts. Why was God unable to communicate his message clearly? Shouldn't there just be one church that teaches the truth of God?

    November 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Average Joe

      There is.

      November 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Ok....and....

        November 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

        Indeed there is, the Church of the SubGenius.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • Topher

      It's a matter of majors and minors. We can disagree on the less important issues and still be brothers.

      November 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Topher, I am looking at this on a much larger scale than that.

        November 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • Topher

          What do you mean?

          November 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
      • Lee

        It's actually more a matter of common sense vs. magical thinking.

        Common sense = statue is a just a statue, old books written by men thousands of years have little or no meaning today in the world of soap/hygiene, science and the internet.

        magical thinking = a supernatural force from above is mysteriously but loving watching humans, punishing them, granting their enteral life, granting them eternal damnation, leaving nonsensical books open to anyone's interpretation as the guiding force for believing, etc.
        You might as well believe in Greek mythology, it literally holds the same meaning, less deluded followers, but much much more interesting stories!

        November 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
      • G to the T

        That may be your belief Topher but most protestants I know are willing to say half of christendom (catholics) aren't "real" chrsitians. And some of the theological differences (heaven, hell, what is needed for salvation) are pretty huge (not minor issues). I think it's fair to say the for many of us, there not being a single church is a pretty good indication that the congregations have no more an idea of what god (if it exists) actually wants than anyone else.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
        • Topher

          I agree things like God and Salvation are major issues and thus some — like the Catholics — are outside of orthodoxy.

          November 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      That's ok T. Just thinkin' outloud.

      November 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Kyle

      It obviously didn't help thousands of these Philippinos, did it?

      November 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
      • Average Joe

        Yes it did and it does.

        November 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          Evidence, please Joe? How, exactly, did prayer help those in the Philippines?

          November 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
        • Average Joe

          Prayer always helps

          November 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
        • G to the T

          Way to give a non-answer. I could assume you mean "it helps them to cope" – that's certainly fair, but I dont' think its what you meant...

          November 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      "For 27 years I prayed every day of my life for God to heal my son's mental illness," Pastor Rick Warren said.

      Need any more proof that prayer doesn't work?

      November 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
      • Live4Him

        @Dyslexic doG : Need any more proof that prayer doesn't work?

        Why do you think prayer isn't working?

        November 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
        • Dyslexic doG

          endless empirical evidence saying it doesn't vs. delusional fairy tale fantasy and coincidence saying it does.

          November 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
        • ???

          Do you have a problem with reading comprehension? Clearly it didn't work in RW's case. Man, you're a dullard.

          November 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • Live4Him

          @Dyslexic doG : endless empirical evidence saying it doesn't

          You've assumed that prayer works like rubbing the genie lamp. Do you have any evidence that it works this way (i.e. contrary to what is protrayed in Scripture)?

          For example, Abraham prayed for many years for a son. It drew him closer to God, but no son. Then, when Abraham was old, he was granted a son. With your scenario, it should have work instantly not decades later.

          November 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
        • ???

          Did it work in RW's case?

          Yes or no, liver.

          November 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
        • StarBright

          That depends on the definition of "worked" (ahem, like what the definition of "is" is.)

          Something happened... musta been "God", eh?

          Same results as wishing upon a star, Jiminy Cricket's promises nothwithstanding.

          November 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
        • ???

          Liver ran again. I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!

          November 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
        • Jokeingjoe

          There is no one listening.

          November 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
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